By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) In pursuing impeachment against President Donald Trump, House Democrats conducted largely secret hearings, violated established committee rules, edged out minority Republicans, and returned two articles that don’t contain any violations of the law.
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As such, now that the articles have been officially transmitted to the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP leaders have the responsibility for ensuring that the trial beginning Tuesday doesn’t turn into another Democrat clown show.
According to sources who spoke with Breitbart, McConnell’s plans for the rules of the trial includes a sort of “kill switch” into the procedures. This means that if Democrats try to “violate the rules or engage in any shenanigans, the President’s legal team can call for” a summary judgment (a verdict) or a dismissal of the case, Breitbart reported.
“It’s incumbent upon the Senate to preserve the right of the President’s legal team to ask for a verdict or move to dismiss this sham impeachment anytime they see fit during the Senate trial,” the source said.
“Otherwise, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans risk allowing Adam Schiff and his conspiracy caucus to hijack and take control of the trial.”
The logic is, though McConnell does not currently have the votes to simply dismiss the allegations out of hand — which should happen because there is no substance to them and the president has done nothing wrong — he would have much more leverage to do so once Democrats pulled their best “Kavanaugh” acts of outrage and buffoonery.
According to Breitbart’s source, “My pal Cocaine Mitch is again proving his mettle when it comes to outmaneuvering leftist Democrats with this kill switch. If they even think about stepping out of line and being unfair in the slightest, it’s time to engage said kill switch and end this nonsense once and for all.”
Also, a Trump administration source said the kill switch “gives Senate Republicans the tools they need to help McConnell keep the trial on the straight and narrow.
“McConnell has proven time and time again he is a more effective Leader than Pelosi is Speaker. This resolution ensures the President and his team has every tool at their disposal,” the White House source said.
In an exclusive interview last week with Breitbart, Vice President Mike Pence said:
When it comes to the Senate trial, it’ll be for the senators to decide [on witnesses and process], but I think the fact that you hear people talking about witnesses in the Senate just proves how weak the case underpinning the Articles of Impeachment really is.
The fact that we’ve heard they had an open-and-shut case, that despite the fact the American people can read the transcript, see the fact the president did nothing wrong, no quid pro quo, the military aid was released. The American people have the facts.
We heard that Congress did what the facts demanded, and now suddenly we hear Democrats saying they need more facts and they need more witnesses. My view on this is the American people see through all of this—the sham investigation followed by a partisan impeachment. They’re saying ‘enough is enough.’
While allowing Democrats to behave like children on live TV might sway a few Independents to back Trump, the fact is most of their posturing would be red meat for their Trump-deranged voting base. McConnell is right to ensure there is an exit ramp.
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